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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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What the #%&@ do you mean they don't fit?!?

Frustrated is not the word! We passed angry hours ago, now I'm just festering on this steaming ball of rage in my belly and I just don't know what to do!

I bought a set of (what I thought were) wingerline highway bars for my sled, and they've sat in the box because I had the new pipes put on last month and just haven't gotten around to ordering the gaskets to pull the pipes and mount the bars... Well I was sitting in the garage last night staring at Vanessa and examining the setup and I thought "hey, I can mod the bars slightly so that I shouldn't have to pull the pipes off and still mount them. As I examined the bars, it appeared only the right side/brake side would be an issue, and I saw that one of the 2 mounting holes was cut away so it could just slip over the bolt, which made me thing that I could cut the other hole open, loosen the bolts and slip the brackets right over the bolts before tightening them down. The left side/clutch side seemed to be no problem... remove 2 bolts, mount, replace. So I got my cutter out and opened up the hole that seemed to be the problem, then I set to loosening the one side and removing the bolts from the other. Then I started to attempt to mount the bars

Well, I'm happy to say the part I cut away fits splendidly! However, the other bracket on that side seems too short and at a bad angle to make it around the radiator cover. In addition, when I tried to rig it up, the bars mount crooked around the radiator and don't even make it to the proper bolt holes on the other side! I was going to take pix, and I will probably do so this evening, but I needed to put space between me and the garage because I felt a tantrum coming on. So I spent $200+ for NOTHING when I could have had some of the sweet brackets here AND some kuryikan pegs for less than what I paid!

If anyone has run into this problem, I'd appreciate some words of encouragement. If not, I'm looking to buy some brackets if anyone is still making them-I need more room and I need it ASAP! If not, the wife is going to inherit a 750 and I'm going out to finance something that doesn't urinate all over my shoes every time I turn around.

As always, I thank you in advance for your insight and wisdom!

NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM

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26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
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Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 09:02 AM
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Don't know if I'll be any help, but willing to try. Waiting on pics before inserting foot in mouth.

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I'm really hoping for your sake that the bar just "acts" like it won't fit but with some correction in orientation, or something simple like that, it will fit. I've put crash bars on a few bikes, and each time when I held it up to see how it was going to fit, I got that sick feeling in my stomach when it looked like it was bent and miss-aligned, when it was just me holding it up to the bike wrong...
Just hoping... and waiting to see the pics... keeping fingers crossed...

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i took my crash bar off a few weeks ago and had hell getting it back on. I KNEW it had to fit cuz it was on there before, it was just a pain in the ass to get both sides lined up at the same time by myself...dont know if thats whats happening with yers or if what i said even made sense.

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Mine went right on. Leave all the bolts loose until the guard is in place.

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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so as usual, you all have given me hope that this purchase was not a waste..


I went back out this morning and tried again, with the same results. This time I had the camera.

2073 is a pic of the front side of the bars
2074 is the back side where the brackets protrude.
2075 is a view of my handy metal cutting work. You can tell I cut the bracket on the right.
2076 is the other side brackets. No need for open holes as the bolts are easily accessible for removal.
2077 is a pic of the bolts behind the pipes. These seem to be the only bolts suitable for mounting these bars.

Aparently 5 is the maximum.. so I'll start another post.

NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM

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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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2079 is the bolts on the shifter side.. easily accessible
2080 & 2081 is the shifter side mounted (kinda) with the top bolt. You can see how far the bottom bracket is from the bottom bolt- here is where the trouble begins.
2082 & 2083 is the pipe side with the lower bracket mounted over the bolt (my cuting job was a success)- as you can see, with the longer bracket mounted, the shorter one can not reach the bolt. I am not even able to get the top bracket onto the bolt because it seems too short and if you look closely you'll see the top bracket is scuffing up the radiator cover.

I even flipped the thing around to see if maybe I was mounting it upside down or something, but that is clearly NOT the case.

Thanks in advance for your insight and feedback!

NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM

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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?

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Mine is a differnt brand. But I can tell you I had to loosen the right side exhaust, have my wife help hold the thing, and still had a heck of a time getting it to mount up. Just seems to be the nature of the beasts!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Art,
I see you are busy and frustrated, but hey! Answer your private mail.

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Wow.. I feel dumb now. Thanks to some pix I finally realized I was mounting these too high! So now that i see which bolt holes I need to target, the problem becomes the V&H Pipe comes too close to the peg bracket and the angle on the bracket isn't sufficient... Looks like I may have to loosen the pipes after all!

NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM

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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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